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Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

Q: Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

Hi,
I am having HP pavilion sleek book laptop and it was having Windows 8. Recently the hard disk got crashed.
I have replaced it with new one and installed windows 8.1 from Microsoft site. Since it is EOM based, Windows didn't get activated. Unfortunately I don't have recovery disk and HP asking too much money for providing the recovery disk.

Can you please suggest how to fix the issue.

Thanks in Advance...

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Preferred Solution: Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

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A: Windows 8.1 activation - Hard disk replaced

You will need to extract your Windows 8 OEM key and activate with that.

Product Key - Find for Windows 8 (option 5 will backup you key for future reference)

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Lenovo laptop G580I have created a Windows 10 recovery onto to a USB stick.I have replaced my faulty hard drive, but now I can't recover windows to the replacment hard drive.When starting up with the new hard drive installed I get the blue screen with "Choose Language Option"After choosing language I get the Troubleshoot or Turn off  optionWhen choosing the Troubleshoot option, I only get the optionsSystem Restore - use a restore point recorded on your PC to restore WindowsSystem Image Recovery - recover Windows using a specific system image fileI am not seeing the option Recover from a Drive, which should be there, I believe, from various Internet messages and posts I've seen Can anyone hlep please to get my laptop back up and running Windows 10 ? Geoff

A:Can't recover Windows 10 on to replaced hard disk

If you are not getting the Recover from Drive option, you must have missed selecting the option to "Backup system files to the recovery drive" when creating the Recovery drive, so you will have to download and create Windows 10 Installation Media to reinstall Windows 10 to you laptop.     Download Windows 10https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 When you get to the point where it asks for a Product Key, select the to skip  (or I do not have a key) option and Windows will automatically activate upon completion of the installation.  Unfortunately you will be starting clean, so any data will have to be restored from backup, and applications will have to be reinstalled.  FYI, If you do no have your data backed up, with luck you may still be able to recover it from the old drive if it just failed to boot from the drive, by mounting the drive into an external 2.5 inch USB enclosure, and copying off the the c:\users\<username> folders to your new HD.  Cheers, 

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I sent my portable to Hp on account of a hard disk problem.  My disk contained Win 10.  They replaced the disk as my portable is still on warrantee.   For some reason that I cannot understand they shipped my portable back to me with Win 8 in it instead of my Win 10.  I am getting the run around from people on the help lines(from other countries); You should hear some of their solutions, i.e replace the chip on the MB and other stupid answers. I am trying to get my Win 10 back, surely HP must be able to supply me with a link, but I guess that is beyond their comprehension. Sorry for sounding so hard but at 80 years of age,  I don't have much patience left. Maglite











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A:Wrong Windows on replaced hard disk

Hi, As mentioned on my last reply, HP can only reset your machine back to its original Windows because HP does not own Microsoft products. Many thanks to let us know Microsoft gave you free upgrade because they stopped this few days ago. My last point: I don't know why they (from HP Support) asked you to change chip on the MB. Have a good weekend. Regards.

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Laptop model: Dell Latitude e6420
I found the windows key within the battery compartment
Windows version: Windows 7 Pro OA
I replaced my old hard disk because it simply did not work anymore and now when I try to start my laptop, I get the message that there are no boot devices.
My mom bought me this laptop years ago and it is a refurbished laptop. How do I re-install windows on it?

'Hope someone can help. I know nothing about computers. Thank you in advance to the kind soul(s)!

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So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.

A:Laptop Broke, replaced hard drive Disk, What about my windows 7!?!

  
Quote: Originally Posted by louis cardinal


So my laptop broke, something to do with corruption of data and i have no idea how, already angry because of something i didnt want to happen... during a very important time of the year for work...

I now am in the situation where i already spent around 300 dollars USD fixing my laptop, now that i have a fresh new working hard drive how do i get my OS back?

I bought it from a retailer, my broken hard disk is inaccessable so i cant get into it and seek out it's activation code ETC.

Anyone ever had this situation before? how do i get back my windows 7 OS with it's key that no one is using.

Im not going to spend all of that money again since it was part of the package of buying that laptop.

Please assist.


Your laptop should have a sticker on the bottom with the key for your version of windows. Also, your manufacturer might provide recovery disks.

This is another good reason to always make the recovery disks when you first setup your new laptop.

Rich

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I have B50-80 80EW laptop, purchased with genuie windows 10 subscription. Recently I had a problem with HDD and it will be replaced soon (under warranty).      So, the question is, will win10 get automatically activated when reinstalled or this new HDD will create problem regarding activation of windows?

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After replacing a crashed 320 GB disk with a 1 Tb disk and following recovery proceedure the new disk now operates OK but only shows the same amount of space as the previous disk. Is it possible to bring into use the missing disk space.

A:Replaced Hard Disk

For others to help you please post on of these.

By Golden:
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hi all, I'm going to be ordering a massive PC upgrade, this includes;

-HDD
-RAM
-CPU
-MOBO
-GPU

I would say im fairly good with computer hardware. I'm 16 and I love to help everyone with pc hardware, building, fixing ETC. but lets get back on point

I'm going to be upgrading everything you see here and I have my parts list ready, however, I rally don't want to buy windows 7 again. I have a completely legit windows 7 professional 64bit key which I bought from a friend, and my windows 7 is activated right now.

now I want to clone my drive to my one that I'm going to buy, so that I can boot my new computer without faffing around with my hard drives. however, there is one problem, I'm not sure about windows activation.
I have seen on several windows forums that when you replace the mobo or cpu in your PC then windows needs to reactivate itself, but do you need to buy windows again to activate it? please remember this is a totally legit key, not one from the web, I hope I have made this clear, thanks for the help in advance


*SHORT* - Do I need to re-buy windows to activate it, I have a completely legit key.

A:Windows Activation with everything replaced in my pc, including HDD

sorry guys I just realized i posted in the wrong forums, derp. sorry!

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Hi, I forgot to create any recovery disks for my E532 laptop and the hard disk has failed. I?ve bought a new hard disk thinking I could download a build disk from Microsoft and input the key for Windows. However I get no boot options at all, i.e. the bootable device list is blank. I have changed the boot order to no avail. I don?t want to have to buy recovery disks if possible so is there a way round please? It was Windows 8.1 when I bought the laptop and upgraded to W10.Thanks

A:hard disk replaced need to rebuild laptop

just follow these simple steps:download the iso file of microsoft windows 10 (x64 if your PC has over 4GB of ram) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10download Rufus, plug an USB flash drive and set Rufus as on the home page screen:https://rufus.akeo.ie/?locale=en_USclick on the little disk icon on Rufus and point to the downloaded iso filelet Rufus copy the installation files on USB flash drivereboot your PCplug the USB flash drive, press F12 at next boot and choose the USB flash drive as bootable deviceproceed with windows 10 installation and skip the product key requestenjoy your windows 10 installation

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3 year old Gateway computer running XP, shut off computer one day, it had been running extremely slow, went to start up next day, wouldn't turn on. Replaced the PSU and booted it up, now getting error message while booting up:

Pri Master Hard Disk: S.M.A.R.T. Status BAD, Backup and Replace.

I can hit F4 to boot up all the way.

Any chance this is related to the psu dying or just a coincidence the hard disk is now failing too.
 

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Dear Community Members, My hp Machine is - Pavilion 15 n210se I old hard disk failed and i need put all including OS and Drivers.  I machine came with windows 8, is this upgradable to Windows 10? Please mention the steps to install the Genuine Windows on my PC.  my question is 1. Where i can download the Genuine OS ? 2. Is it possible to place the DiskImage of WIndows Installation as before, so that i can use the recovery tool.3. how to get the Windows 10 ?      or shall i install windows 8 and do all updates to get the Windows 10?  With Regards,Faizana 

A:Hard Disk replaced - How to get back Genuine OS?

Hello @faisana,  You need to know few things about HP Recovery Media:1) It is NOT downloadable, you have to order the physical media2) It is not free, you have to pay for it You can look online for Recovery Media starting with the linked paged: http://support.hp.com/us-en/driversOnce there, input your Product name or number. On your Software and Drivers Download page, select your Operating System and and Version. Click "Update". If HP Recovery Media is available for your machine, down near the bottom of the page, you will see an entry for Order Recovery Media-CD/DVD/USB. Click the "+" symbol to expand that entry and click on Order Media for details.Or, if you prefer, you can do the same by contacting HP Customer Service:If you live in the US or Canada, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/phone-assist.html#section1If you live elsewhere, contact information is on this page: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/contact-hp/ww-contact-us.htmlNOTE: After you get through, stay on the line until you are finally able to talk to some one -- it can take a while!If you have trouble finding a phone number, then try: 1 (800) 474-6836If HP no longer provides Recovery Media for your model, a couple of other sites you can check are: http://www.computersurgeons.com/ and http://www.restoredisks.com/Good Luck Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again !!  **Click the White Thumbs Up Bu... Read more

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I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom

A:can I use Windows7 repair disk if hard drive is replaced?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by thomas1004


I bought a notebook in 2010. I upgraded to Windows 7 Pro right after purchase.

I created a Windows 7 repair disk April 2011.

My hard disk crashed this month and will be replaced and loaded (by manufacturer) to the image as of the purchase in 2010.

When I get the PC, will it help me to use the repair disk?
In my dreams, I'd want to restore Windows and maybe settings and drivers at least to the time the repair disk was created.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance,

Tom


When you get the PC, it will have Windows on it just like when it was new. Using your Repair Disk would not put your settings or anything else that you had put on there. It is only for, well Repair. You will have to install all of your programs again.

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Hi! My sister's PC went dead and technician said the motherboard had to be replaced. When she got back the PC, the hard disk had been modified -- she didnt have all of her applications and her documents and personal stuff were in a new folder with her name. I wonder if if is necessary to install a new HD when the MB is replaced. Wouldn't the previous hard drive work with a new board? Thank you for your help.
 

A:Solved: Replaced motherboard -- hard disk changed

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So lo and behold this morning I found my internal hard drive disk was not working. I ran the pre boot diagnostics and everything else was working fine. I went to best buy and got another hard drive (1 TB SATA drive) and switched the old one with the new one. The computer still won't boot, but now the pre boot diagnostics recognizes the drive is present and says it's working fine. Any ideas?
 

A:Internal Hard Disk Drive not found... After replaced!

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I have a Dell Inspiron N 5010.  I had to put in a new hard drive.  I do not have a disk with windows 7 on it.  I have a recovery disk but it does not work.  How do I get back my OS?  Also the windows code on the bottom of the computer has worn off and is not readable.  Can anyone help me?
 
 

A:Dell Inspiron N 5010 replaced hard drive have no OS disk

Welcome,
Is your Dell registered with Dell? Have you contacted them to see what help they can provide?
Thanks

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Hi,

I have Windows 7 installed on a RAID 10 system, which I consider a bit risky (even though it is RAID 10, the motherboard isn't reliable; for example, if I disconnect a drive, and reconnect it, I fear - maybe falsely - that I would loose all data). Anyway, I want to reinstall fresh Windows on a single hard disk.

I had got my Windows activated by phone, since I had upgraded the motherboard (it was a retail version). What I want to know is whether the installation ID produced by a new installation would be the same as that of the previously activated installation, that is, can I use the old code I received from Microsoft, through phone, for activating the new installation. If not, is it acceptable if I call customer support for activation, a second time, within two weeks. Note that I haven't changed any hardware between the two installations.

A:Activation/Installation ID for reinstallation on a different hard disk

You will not experience any difficulty activating by phone.

The code [activation ID] is different.

Be sure to answer "One".

I have re-activated the same machine multiple times within a few days.

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I have a Latitude E6420, got error code 2000-0142 and blue screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one. I put the new drive in and reboot. I am still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable".
In BIOS setup, i had my HDD as the first to boot already. I ran a Diagnostic test and got:
Error Code 2000-0142 Validation 119106
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N 6WS1712X, Long Self test unsuccessful.
What can I do next? I have a new hard drive put in and still getting this?
Please HELP!!
Many Thanks in Advance

A:Replaced Hard disk, still getting "PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable"

You must install WIndows onto the new drive -- it is blank when it arrives from the factory.

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Hello. My HDD was failing so I replaced it. I installed Windows on this (using a disc I had downloaded & burned from the Microsoft website) and when I put in my product key (from the sticker on the side of my PC) it tells me it's invalid. I've tried to use the Phone Activation method but when I run slui.exe my only two options are "Activate Windows online now" or "Ask me later". I'm stumped!







Quote:
Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
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Windows Validation Data-->
Validation Code: 0
Cached Online Validation Code: N/A, hr = 0xc004f012
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-74XYM-BH4JX-XM76F
Windows Product Key Hash: KeYfcvXg/a1Q01x73+f8IL/JC4Y=
Windows Product ID: 00359-112-0000007-85922
Windows Product ID Type: 5
Windows License Type: Retail
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010300.1.0.003
ID: {1FAFAA13-67D1-47A9-ADBA-4FCBFFBF12CF}(1)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Home Premium
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_rtm.101119-1850
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A
Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGA Notifica... Read more

A:Invalid Key after HDD replaced, no phone activation option available

Welcome to the forum,

As per this tutorial,

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Phone activation would be slui.exe 4

See if that gets you through.

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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I replaced my hard drive as the original crashed and when I put in the recovery discs i had created from original hdd the first one ran OK then put 2nd disc in and it stuck at 51% then gave error message 0x4001100200001005. Then when I tried to boot from hdd it said pxe-e61 media test failure and pxe-m0f exiting pxe rom. I tried running the recovery discs again and when i load the 2nd disc at tne prompt it now says the inserted disc is not the required supplemental recovery disc.
Having searched online I now believe that I cannot reinstall windows 7 from these discs?! I am out of warranty and so it doesn't let me download the OS from Dell website. What is my best way of getting windows back on my laptop.
Also I have read that I need to put back on the same version that it came preinstalled with. Is this correct or could I load on windows 10 from a disc as it would probably be easier sourced than windows 7 now. It only lists windows 7 and vista as supported for my service tag on Dell site.
I'm struggling.  Any help appreciated.

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We upgraded the computer to windows 8.1 about a year ago.  we replaced the hard drive last week  and since then the wireless keyboard and mouse will not connect.  ive looked for solutions without success.thanks for any help you can provide

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On Saturday, the hubs stopped by a coupon site that had a nasty virus and rendered our Dell Inspiron unbootable.  He had to do a hard shut down. After that, it never booted into windows again. It limped along for a few hours while I was able to run diagnostics, which reported a failing hard drive, and then eventually it completely puttered out and wouldn't boot at all. Sometime during this process, though I can't remember when, the external hard drive we use for backing up was unplugged. (So yes, I have an external hard drive and was using it for automatic backups, so I have the ability to restore files.)
Rather than take any chances, I ordered a new hard drive and installed it today, and now windows 10 is finished installing.
So I've installed new hard drives before, but have never suffered a virus attack like this. 
The question, then what should I do about restoring files from the external hard drive? I used McAfee (which was running at the time of the attack) to scan the external hard drive and it found nothing. (then again, it didn't stop the attack, either). 
Is it safe to restore files from file history? (Or alternatively to use the windows 7 version of restoring)?
What's the best, safest way to proceed in order to make sure we don't get reinfected?

A:Replaced hard drive after virus, windows 10 installed, now what?

One more thing... the last time I had to restore files, I was in Windows 7, and I remember having trouble with multiple user accounts. I can't remember which was is right, but I seem to remember that it mattered whether I went ahead and made the second user account first and then restored or whether I was supposed to just restore the files and then that would create the account. Either way, I'd like to know how Windows 10 handles it before I do anything. Thanks!

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Hi guys,

I will try to explain this as simple as i can.So let's start
I have laptop ASUS N75SF and it is a year old,so i have decided to format.I have two separate hard disks that are the same brand,SeaGate 9500423 AS, each 500 gb capacity. Before i decided to format , one of my hard disks(that is my partition D) started to make strange noises and it was not recognized,but i was using my laptop without problems because my windows was installed on my other hard disk (that is my partition C).So now my question is this :
After i formatted them both i have no clue which one is which ? they are like :
Disk 0 Partition 1 465 gb
Disk 1 Partition 2 465 gb
So how do i choose the one that is better and not having problems to pust my winodows on?
I know that i can buy new one and replace it with the one that is having problems,but right now i have no money to do that .I am student

Thanks in advance

A:Confused about installing Windows on my hard disk,hard disk problem

I'm willing to bet that Disk 1 is the bad hard drive since the bad hard drive was the D: drive.

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I have a hp laptop dv6502au . The hard disc of my laptop is gone so i replaced it with a new one. The problem is that i created a set of recovery discs using a option in my laptop. But if i insert that recovery disc in my laptop it shows that 'this system does not support this recovery disc' I dont know how to install vista back to my laptop. My laptop came with original version of windows vista home premium. I have a product key also at the bottom of my laptop. Please help me to install legal version of vista back to my laptop. If you want any further details i am ready to provide it.

Thanks
Bharathwaj Vijayakumar

A:please help to install windows vista in a hp laptop replaced with a new hard drive?

hi,,, if you know anyone with an origanal vista disc then they can install vista back on your machine using the product key on the bottom of the laptop,,, a greenish blue sticker with microsoft on it,,,,, this install will not load all the HP stuff that comes with your pc when new,,,, but once the os is back on you could look on the discs to find all the HP stuff,,,,
good luck

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I swapped my 320 GB Hard drive for a 1 TB hard drive. Used Acronis True Image WD to clone the drive. Seems to be working OK except when I tried to update windows. It comes up with " Cant update because service is not turned on." So I went to Services to check it and it is showing that it is running. Kinda lost as to what I might have wrong here. Any help I sure would be great full.
 

A:Solved: Cloned Hard Drive, Than replaced HD, Now can't update windows

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I did this on a Compaq Presario c500 and now i have no audio coming over my laptop. HELP!
 

A:Windows Vista Hard Drive replaced with XP Hard Drive. No audio.

You need to install the proper drivers for your hardware. All of the drivers you need are right here.
 

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So my toshiba satellite crashed and everything I tried to fix it failed. I used the recovery disks and now it won't accept my product key. I've called every number for both microsoft and toshiba that's available and no one has helped me. I'm getting really worked up over this, because it's not even like the product key is invalid, it just says the 8th character is unacceptable! Am I really going to have to buy a new product key?!?!
 

A:Recovery Disk Windows Activation Product Key

Have you tried the numbers in this list: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx

I doubt Toshiba would be able to help with this problem but Microsoft should, as long as your existing key is genuine. Some keys do get blocked due to piracy or from frequent revalidation. Usually a call to Microsoft will get you another key.

Have you got a Product Key licence sticker on the PC?
 

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I am having this Hard Disk problem. My old Hard Disk (Samasung 500GB) (bought in 2010) started showing signs of corruption (like Windows doing chkdsk at every boot, and data getting lost). So I bought a NEW Hard Disk (Western Digital 1TB) last month (Sep 2016) to backup all the data from old one. I didn't have time to backup but wanted to use PC so I Clean Installed Windows 7 64bit on the New Western Digital 1TB and used it about a month without any problems.
 
A couple of days ago i decided to backup up the data. I reformatted the New Western Digital 1TB with Gparted and did a clean Windows 7 Install again. I connected the old Samsung 500GB to the motherboard and started copying the files to the new Western Digital 1TB.
 
Suddenly Windows showed me an error "Windows detected a hard disk problem" which makes sense because the Samsung 500GB is old and might be failing BUT the error is showing both of my Hard disk in the dialog box.
 
Is my new hard disk corrupt as well?
Why is Windows showing my new hard disk as failing?
Can Windows mistakenly show both hard disk in error?
 
Please help i am confused. sorry for a confusing question. i will answer anything required.
 
I have taken the screenshot of the error message, they are in attached files.
1)The 1st Screenshot shows both my Hard disk in the error box (OLD Samsung and NEW Western Digital WD)
2)The 2nd Screenshot shows only one of my Hard disk and its the new one (Western digital WD)

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HP All-in-One ENVY 20 TouchSmart PC  HP 20-d034 FAILURE ID : 60FQG2-008GM-MFPP0K-60HR03PRODDUCT ID : H3Z72AA#ABA I moved up to windows 10 with the free upgrade.  I received the failure message from Windows and ended up resetting my computer to its original state which was windows 8.  It is now 8.1 and the hard disk problem still pops up. I don't have alot of experience replacing hardware in computers.  Is this an issue I can resolve myself?  Please advise. 

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My hard drive failed on an Acer Aspire 5734z that I have. I replaced the hard drive and reloaded Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit from a downloaded copy. Since this is the same OS as originally came on this laptop, how do I get it validated? Or, alternately, how do I get a replacement OS without having to buy it again?

A:Replaced failed hard drive on Acer Aspire 5734z. Windows validation.

Hi grfull Welcome to SF

You may activate via Internet ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 Online

Over the phone ( tutorial link below )

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

Use the product key under the laptop or under the battery .

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Hello Everyone,

My system has multiple hard disks which I can select by power switches in the hard drive power cabling (when the whole system is powered off). Only one disk at a time is powered on and booting. I never have more than one drive spinning. Right now each of them has a Windows XP setup. Same OS and CD Key on all of them. Different software applications setup on each. It is for my personal use, and the hardware is the same on each, of course each hard disk has it's own manufacturer's serial number. But the disks are all the same size.

Since XP will no longer be updated, I feel compelled to move to Windows 7 Pro now. Usually what I did with XP was to create a base image of the OS and hardware drivers on one disk. I use Acronis Backup to do the disk backup imaging. Then I would restore that image to each hard drive. Then I would put my different application programs on each disk. Then I would backup image each disk. If anyone is wondering why someone would do this for personal use, here are some examples. One disk I use for my banking only. I do not browse with that drive so as to keep it as safe as possible from Virus or Spyware to try to minimze the risk of Identity Theft. Another drive is used for personal paper based correspondence that has things like birthdates or social security numbers. That drive is NEVER connected to the internet at all. Another is for casual browsing, and yet another for testing out new software that might crash or foul up the entire set... Read more

A:Multi-Disk System Windows 7 Installation and Activation ?

I think there should be no problem imaging in windows 7 .. it also has this option of imaging xp partitions too.. and i don't think you lose ur activation after restoring from the image backup

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My monitor goes black and I am forced to reboot. After rebooting I get a blue screen prompt telling me that i've recovered from a BSOD. I've been monitoring them since October.

In October, I RMA'd my graphics card. Oct 27. You can see that after I got a new GPU, my BSOD's halted... so obviously its the GPU right? if you look at my BSOD dumps the last one is OCT 27, new gpu, and i don't get one until Feb 7.

So on Feb 7 I call up eVGA again and say, ok so my GPU is bad again and I wonder if its something im doing to kill them.

So I am going to get a second RMA and the tech tells me that they received my first card and they ran it for over a hour in a diagnostic app and didn't have a single problem... aka my card was fine...

so i explain my BSOD issues and the tech tells me that it may be a voltage issue and that it may be my power supply... soooooooooo

I goto Tiger Direct down the street and buy a "whatever i can get" thats over 1000 watts supply because I have a 850 watt PSU and obviously its not enough power so i go big... and guess what... My last BSOD dump before the PSU is 3/18 March 18. So new PSU and I don't get a single BSOD until 6/14/2014.

So I have attached "All" of my dumps and all my info with the issues.


My problem is... if its "not" my GPU, why did getting a new one give me no BSOD for 3 months.

my problem is... if its "not" my PSU why did getting a new one march 18 let my PC run ti... Read more

A:BSOD 0x116 (stop error) Replaced GPU, replaced RAM, replaced PSU

Hi Zuriel.

I read your OP. I would suggest you to have an open mind; and dont decide that it is not it. Because during troubleshooting you have to get everything tested.

The BSOD is a stop 0x116. That is an error from the part of the display environment. That means ....
The GPU itself
The display driver
The PSU
The system temps and dust allocation inside the computer
The hardware parts like GPU fans
Overclocking failure
And etc. I would suggest you to go through a thorough troubleshooting, whatever may be the idea you may have about those.

Are you overclocking? As you are getting BSODs, you should stop overclocking and run all the hardware components like CPU, GPU and RAM to their default settings.

Check if the Power Supply Unit (PSU, 850 watts you said) supplying adequate power to the computer or not.
eXtreme Power Supply Calculator v2.5

Is the computer hot? Report us the heat of the computer after a couple of hours of your normal usage. Upload a screenshot of the summery tab of Speccy. Alternatively, you can publish a Speccy snapshot too: Speccy - Publish Snapshot of your System Specs .

Stress test the Graphics Card using Furmark.
Video Card - Stress Test with Furmark

Install the NVIDIA DRIVERS 314.22WHQL only, at least as a test. Because it never fails on itself.
Uninstall All nvidia items in Control Panel > Programs and features3D Vision Control Driver
3D Vision Driver
Graphics Driver
HD Audio Driver
PhysX
nvidia Update
(Are you using nvidia chipset dr... Read more

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Hi Techspot

Just a quick question, just recently my hdd died, so i have got a new one. I am going to be putting vista back on.

My question is do i have to ring microsoft for another activation key or can i use the same one?? will that work??

Thanks

-Baltan
 

A:Windows activation key? Dead hard drive

You can enter the old one, but it probably won't accept it, giving you instructions on how to get a new key. Usually it's just a phonecall away.
 

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I installed Windows 7 RTM last week. I jsut bought a new hard drive and cloned my old drive to this new drive. I now get a message that says the copy is not genuine at boot-up, and a blank screen comes up. I called the Activation toll-free number, but they say they cannot support Windows 7 yet. Any ideas?

I have an MSDN subscription which is where I downloaded the RTM version before you ask

A:Changed Hard drive--Windows 7 RTM Activation

Hello Toneefresh, and welcome to Windows Forums.

You could get another key number from MSDN for it, change your key number in Windows 7, then see if it will activate for you.

OR

You might see if it will let you activate with your current number after a repair install.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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my laptop is now saying my original activation code is invalid]d, and is giving startup problem by not allowing me to sign in unless I supply an an activation code yhat HP has never supplies me with.
This is crazy ...How do I get one ? and whenever my VISTA operating system gets corrupted do I need a new activation key code?
Mr Stanley Andrasic

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My old pavilion laptop died back in July, so a friend moved the hard drive from that computer to this slightly newer one.  The version of Windows 10 I was running was the free upgrade, but unfortunately they stopped offering it for free back in August, right? So finally getting this laptop back, I was stuck with windows 10 on a laptop that previously had windows 7, but I don't know what the product key for it is, or was. And because the hard drive move left everything looking stretched out, I downloaded windows 10 again, but still can't activate it.So am I out of luck and have to buy windows 10 now, or can I somehow go back to Windows 7 and do another proper install of Windows 10? Is there a way to find out what the product key for this comp was before the hard drive move. I don't think my friend knows what it is either.

A:Issue With Windows 10 Activation After Hard Drive Move

Hi, HDD on your machine with Windows 10 (free upgrade or pre-installed) 10 failed, you can change HDD, re-install Windows 10 on new HDD and Windows 10 on THIS machine will be activated (actually already activated). In your case, you moved the HDD with Windows 10 to another machine, this is not going to work. You can install same version of Windows 10 on your OLD laptop with SAME hardware and Microsoft will activate for you. Note: I did change my HDD (to SSD) on one of my machines yesterday using Windows 10 Pro 1607, no need to activate. Regards.  

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After replacing my hard drive and re-installing windows 7 professional via an ISO download from Microsoft (because I lost my recovery CD), I get an error when attemping to reactivate windows. Upon contacting Microsoft, the support technician said that she could not assist as the key activation status was blocked by the manufactures end (HP). Is there any options I have other than, presumably re-installing the original hard drive and then cloning that drive onto the new drive before swapping it back out again? 

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My company's computer needs to be patitioned and reformat. The system is still working well. I mean, nothing wrong with anything (weird huh?). Ok the hard disk just need to be 'split'. I mean, make drive C & D on the hard disk. I know how to do that... easy... Then the HD need to be formatted & reinstall windows XP. Ok, easy too..

But the main problem occured before I do anything (partition & format). I have my own bootable CD that I usually use for partitioning & formatting.

Ok, i insert the CD & restart.
I went to BIOS & changed the boot order (1st boot: CD-ROM, 2nd: HDD-0 & 3rd: Floppy). Then restart again.
Ok the bootable CD is excellently loaded.
I typed fdisk, then came the first problem. it says something like 'no fixed disk'. I exit fdisk.
Then I typed format c:, 2nd problem occured. it says something like, 'invalid drive'.
I forgot the error message because the pc is in my office right now. I'm currently at home 'begging for help' So the error message is not accurate. sorry..

I think, if I run the CD, the hard disk will not be loaded (or should I say, hard disk failure). & If I take off the CD & restart again, change the BIOS (1st boot: HDD-0) then windows will load! Weird right?

I don't think my CD is 'corrupted' nor broken because I tried to run the CD from another PC. Yes, I can access the C drive from that PC.

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A:Can't format hard-disk nor do partition when using boot disk. Hard-disk failure

It sounds like it might be the bootable CD you've created is not picking up the HDD's/partitions.
To eliminate this as a posibility travel to bootdisk and grab the WinME bootdisk and boot from there. If it picks up the HDD you can FDISK and Format from there.
The other option is to boot using the XP CD and let it handle the formatting/partitioning duties...

patio.
 

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I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?

A:optical disk installation of Windows 8 after a hard disk crash

  
Quote: Originally Posted by broiyan


I am preparing for a hard disk crash.

I purchased a new PC with Windows 7 in June 2012. It came with a Samsung optical disk containing Windows 7. I am eligible for the $14.99 USD upgrade to Windows 8. Will there be an installation disk for Windows 8 available at this price and if not, then how much more will it cost?

If not, then how should I ensure that I can easily install Windows 8 after a hard disk crash? Do I have to keep my Samsung optical disk of Windows 7?


I'm not positive, but I'd guess a $14.99 price for Win 8 would be a download, unless Samsung is offering some special promotional price for a disc.

I've seen a price of $69.99 for Windows 8 Professional, which I think is for a disc.

I'd find out what that $14.99 price is good for. It may be for an ISO download, in which case you could burn the ISO to a disc.

I'd keep the Windows 7 disc regardless. If you are like most people, you probably will find 7 preferable to 8.

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Hello,

I have run into a problem that has been causing me quite a bit of headache as of late. A week ago, my WD Elements External Hard Disk is not displaying under hard disk drives, but does display under Devices and Printers. This is what it shows under computer management:

I have tried to initialize the disk using MBR and GPT options but failed receiving I/O Disk Error.

Please help, thank you.

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Please help
I have a problem with my Compaq PC ...will explain from beginning !!
At first when i boot the PC it used to come one message like " splash screen error run rompaq.." and below that black screen F1 to boot....when i press F1 ...it used to boot windows and i can work comfortably ..now the problem...before last two days when i tried to start my PC it won't boot ..instead it shows the same message press F1 to boot (i suspect by mistake i deleted some system file..but it was a normal shutdown i made last time)...after that i made one start up disk from another computer and tried to boot from it ..but i can't ..while booting from floppy it begins the booting but windows not coming..it shows like
Starting......
A:\> mode can code page prepare=((720) ega4.cpi)
failure to access code page font file
A:\> mode con code page select =720 code page not prepared
A:\> keyb us,, keyboard.sys
code page specified has not been prepared
A:\>
I can enter to C:\ or D:\ etc also can use dir like commands..please help me to solve this problem
 

A:Windows Xp Can Not Boot Both From Hard Disk And Start Up Disk

You have some serious troubles, and need to do some intensive reading on how Windows works, and what happens when a hard drive is corrupted or damaged or mis-installed..
It would be helpful for you to tell us computer, install discs, installed hardware, connection, hardware configuration you have, as well as the age of everything, and the recent history of failures and difficulties..
 

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Hey there guys, about six months ago I started receiving an error every few days on my computer on boot, and it was something along the lines of: 'pxe-rom: Check cable connection!'. To fix it I just used my Windows 7 install CD and it was fine, until whenever it'd happen again. Now, just about three days ago an error popped up that said 'Windows has detected a hard disk problem'. The hard drive is a 640 GB Toshiba MK6465GSXN. Anyway, after getting that message I quickly backed up all of my important documents and stuff onto an external HDD. It was also very slow, slower than my computer had ever been. So, I decided to do a clean install since scans with Malwarebytes and AVG detected nothing. And then, once it finished, it popped up the error message again?! I have noticed that the slowness has gone, but I'm not installing any programs in case it does fail. I am wondering that maybe the 'check cable connection' error was telling me something, but I didn't think anything of it. So, does it sound like I need to get a new hard drive?
EDIT: I bought a new hard drive, fixed!

A:Windows has detected a hard disk problem. Hard drive failing?

In many cases, that is Windows way of saying your hard drive is in imminent danger of failing. Of course there could be other problems, but windows will usually detect it first. A tutorial that may help is simple to use, but may take a while. Disk Check I would also get the Manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic program to check the drive. You were wise to back up all of your personal information.

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I had upgraded 7 to 10 with the free upgrade. Then my disk died. With a new disk and Win 7 reinstalled, will Windows try and recommend/reinstall Win 10?

I want to stay on 7. I have a laptop on which Windows 7 is optimal. Runs great. I had upgraded it to Windows 10 to claim the free install and then the drive (which had been failing) failed.

New drive installed, I installed Windows 7 from CD and activated it.

So this machine has rolled back, but not through any formal Windows Rollback procedure.

Now as I run Windows Update I wonder, will Microsoft automatically install Windows 10 on this machine?

If in Windows Update I check "install recommended updates", is Windows 10 AFTER the free update period (but on a machine & license that had been upgraded) still considered a recommended update?

Should I install GWX control panel?

A:Replaced disk, put 7 on a 7->10 machine. Will Win 10 try to reinstall?

MS says that the free upgrade offer has ended, so I suppose that it wont try to install win 10.
BUT, as you have the right to install Win 10, for precaution I would block win 10 with GWX.

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So I bought 2TB HDD for week ago, didn't use it but thought I'd sort all folders today

Anyways, something is very messed up


#1

Double disk locations





(neither of them shortcuts)


#2

No download folder (shown in first pic)

Basically I were going to try store download stuff on my new larger disk (done before, worked), had an error this time and it didn't work. I still got the files left from the download folder, however the download folder is now just a "normal" folder left now, and is not registered as the actual download folder, as the special icon for the folder is gone, and when I download stuff it just stores in the main E (new disk) folder



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Anyways, I think I understand what is going on, the E disk pretends to be the download disk, which explains both problems, however how do I solve this?

A:Help, my new disk replaced my downloads folder?

Fixed issue one, however I still don't got a download folder and now my files get saved in "D:\Library files\Documents\Downloads" ....

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Hello,I replaced a corrupted HDD on my PC with a brand new one, and now i'm getting the error 'no boot disk has been detected or disk has failed' whenever i try to start. I've gone into the BIOS settings and can see that new HDD is recognised - and other tests against the new disk come back ok. Any ideas what to do next? It came installed with Windows 8.1 and i had the free upgrade to Windows 10. thanks  

A:Replaced a corrupt HDD with a new one, but get 'no boot disk...

With this statement "It came installed with Windows 8.1 and i had the free upgrade to Windows 10."I assume you mean the HP ENVY 23 ALL-IN-ONE.  If you did not do anything to the new hard drive, then what you are seeing is expected.  The new hard drive needs the software to be reinstalled.  Assuming you would like Windows 10 again, it will need to be downloaded from Microsoft and then installed.  On a different working computer, go to here and make use Media Creation tool to make installation media to then install Windows 10.https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10Scroll down to the "Using the tool to create installation media"  Click on the + and follow the directions until completed.  Or get a retail copy of Windows 10 and run the install.  If you are using either way to install Windows 10, when it asks for a product key, click "Skip" and then proceed to install.  It will self-activate once you connect to the internet.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 48.4

I had upgraded 7 to 10 with the free upgrade. Then my disk died. With a new disk and Win 7 reinstalled, will Windows try and recommend/reinstall Win 10?

I want to stay on 7. I have a laptop on which Windows 7 is optimal. Runs great. I had upgraded it to Windows 10 to claim the free install and then the drive (which had been failing) failed.

New drive installed, I installed Windows 7 from CD and activated it.

So this machine has rolled back, but not through any formal Windows Rollback procedure.

Now as I run Windows Update I wonder, will Microsoft automatically install Windows 10 on this machine?

If in Windows Update I check "install recommended updates", is Windows 10 AFTER the free update period (but on a machine & license that had been upgraded) still considered a recommended update?

Should I install GWX control panel?

A:Replaced disk, put 7 on a 7->10 machine. Will Win 10 try to reinstall?

MS says that the free upgrade offer has ended, so I suppose that it wont try to install win 10.
BUT, as you have the right to install Win 10, for precaution I would block win 10 with GWX.

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